A few months back I headed off to the HP head office to meet with the team, who eagerly spoke me through the reason why they had chosen me as the worthy influencer to take home their new, economical HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 4645 e-All-in-One. I know it's a mouthful, but it's worth it for all that the printer does. But, I digress ...
They added to the thrill of printing by including a massive pin board and gloss photo paper and sent me on my way to play with and experience the reality of print ... that it's far from dead and far from ridiculously expensive.
The pin board was up in a flash, and because I live with my sister, my mom and my 8 year old twin nephews, the adventures of print began immediately. A house full of girls and kids and we had it all set up in under 20 minutes. Who needs a geek, when this machine becomes your friend from the moment it powers up and guides you through a fail proof setup.
Totally WiFi, we had 3 phones, 4 ipads and 3 laptops all connected in a flash and the kids took themselves on a tour of the ready to print fun and games, while my sister and I scrolled through our Pinterest to print for the equally divided #Printerest board.
The printing began with a few test ideas and (yes, because I'm sharing my experience of the brand too) I could believe the quality of colour print on plain paper.
Then I got stuck ...
No matter what I wanted to print, or thought I wanted to print. I just couldn't find the inspiration. I scrolled through my Pinterest boards and I have some incredibly amazing dreams and aspiration up there.
While using the printer for everyday printing and my nephews printing away at games, I then took another approach and decided that maybe I should print the things I thought would be easiest to manifest, like my cowgirl boots because I'm heading off to America in April. Hmmm, maybe I should print a cowboy too??
Slowly we printed. Some on plain paper and others on photo paper, which literally is photo quality. Another brand high 5 is that we were a little stressed and all the printing, between the kids and our high quality photos ... but the ink is still going strong!
Still ... I was stuck.
Nothing was coming to life and although I may have been taking such a fun and simple task too seriously, I wasn't feeling what I wanted to print. A little panic washed over me that I had committed to sharing my story and pics with the world, because HP entrusted me, but still ... why wasn't I feeling the printing of the things I wanted dreamed of aspired for.
I've done vision boards for nearly two decades ... this should have been an extension of the Project Me journey I am already so engrossed in.
The one thing it did do was make print my front of mind.
In the meantime I was printing things like affidavits because someone cloned my credit cards and contract, because my business is growing and I'm signing on staff ... all from document off my phone, thanks to the WiFi, I might add.
Then it changed!
A realisation began to stir ...
On my trip to the Netherlands, as I walked to the bridge and realised that it was the exact picture I had printed before I left, all I wanted to do was print what I had managed to manifest already. That swung the mind and for the first time, I began to get excited to print and complete this exciting project that HP had given me.
Then, back in South Africa, I went on holiday with my besties and despite the fact that no one was on the beach because it was a cold winter's day, I stood on a secluded beach and thought to myself ... hmmm, this is on my vision board too.
Now I had a plan!
Now I knew why I had been so stuck and the fun wasn't flow.
Now I know what I want to print ...
At the moment, this smart, efficient and undeniably cost effective printer is sitting on the office desk in my sister's house.
Greggie and I have watched our business, Lifeology, grow a little more each day and I can't wait to snap a picture of when this printer is sitting in our very own offices.
I thought this #Printerest adventure would send me on a spree of wants and wishes, but I had no clue that it would become the cornerstone of my gratitude and confirmation of what I have achieved, which is only driving me to reach further, push harder and dream bigger.
Our journey is never complete and our story is always evolving, so this #Printerest board will never be finished. I see it moving along with me as I achieve more in my life and as my pride in what I have manifested (and printed) pushes me to manifest (and print) more.
We are consumed with images that flash across our phones, tablets and laptops, but none of them are as frozen in time as when they are printed out and placed where you and the world can see them. With our pictures more than tripling in the mount we ever took in our past, they become a blur and some of the most important ones just get lost in the hundreds of other fun, but maybe not as significant moments.
From thinking that print wasn't as important as it might have been, this time with my HP e-All-in-One has made me a firm believer that there's never been a more important reason to PRINT!!
My last punt of the HP printer is that I can't believe how they have listened to the consumer and sorted the cost of ink to a price that finally is affordable and makes sense for us.
A huge thank to the HP team for entrusting me with a product that you believe in so much and for making me a believe too. Mostly, thank you for being true to your word, from the cost effectiveness, ease of setup, WiFi efficiency, print options, ink efficiency, online connection to the HP store (ridiculously cool) and affordability. For the profound #ProjectMe realisation that this little exercise brought to my life ... well we all know that some things are priceless.
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